初めて中を拝見!「世界で4人しか予約できない高級ホテル」の豪華な室内!!

今まで一般市民は一度も見たことがなかった映像です。世界中で、現在4人しか予約することのできないこの宿泊施設は一体どこでしょう?(ヒント:11月以降、1人増えることもありえます。)

ここは、人目につかないことを好む、ある特権階級に属する人達の隠れ家です。「現在4人」「11月」と聞いて、すぐにわかりましたか?CBSが今回初めて中に入る許可を得て撮影したのは、ホワイトハウスと通りをへだてて向かいにある、元大統領のみが利用できるクラブハウスです。

4階建てで外壁にブラウンストーン(褐色砂岩)を張ったこの建物、ゲスト用のベッドルームは2つあり、フォーマルなディナー用のダイニングルームに加え、朝食専用のダイニングルームやオフィス、各部屋に暖炉も完備しています。優雅にバスタブが部屋の中心にあるマスターバスルームは、日本の家なら居間なみの広さ!(ちなみに映った大きな暖炉は、そのバスルームにあるものです。)そしてテーブルクロスも含め、いたるところに大統領章が見られます。

1953年にこのクラブハウスを提案したのは、第31代ハーバート・フーヴァー元大統領(共和党)。当時ホワイトハウスにいた第33代ハリー・S・トルーマン大統領(民主党)と、思いがけずこのプロジェクトで意気投合し、二人はその後大変親しい友人になったとか。

歴史上、一番のお得意様は誰?CBSの取材によると、ジョージ・H・W・ブッシュ元大統領(ブッシュ・シニア)が利用回数が一番多いそうです。ところが奥様のバーバラ・ブッシュ夫人は、この建物を夫の任期中に改築・近代化する以前は「あばら屋」と呼んでいたというエピソードが!

どうしてそんなことを?と勘ぐりたくもなりますね。筆者の経験からすると、アメリカのこの年代の家屋はえてして水回りの配管システムが整っていないもの。きれいなダイニングルームや暖炉があって雰囲気が良くても、シャワーを浴びようとしたら水が冷たかった、というようなことかも... 知れません。

記事元:AOL(expired)、CBS(update 12/28/2012)

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  St. Paul's Chapel's steeple is seen as construction continues on One World Trade Center after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  A man takes a photo as construction continues on One World Trade Center (L) after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Construction continues on One World Trade Center after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Construction continues on One World Trade Center (L) after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  The new One World Trade Center building, which is under construction on the site of the destroyed original World Trade Center, is viewed on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. With its unfinished frame the building stands at a little more than 1,250 feet high. Referred to as the ÒFreedom Tower,Ó it isnÕt expected to reach its full height for at least another year, when it will likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: One World Trade Center building, which is under construction on the site of the destroyed original World Trade Center, is seen on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. With its unfinished frame the building stands at a little more than 1,250 feet high. It is expected to reach its full height for at least another year, when it will likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: street hawker holds a computer generated image of the completed new One World Trade Center building, which is under construction on the site of the destroyed original World Trade Center, on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. With its unfinished frame the building stands at a little more than 1,250 feet high. It is expected to reach its full height for at least another year, when it will likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  The One World Trade Center building is reflected in the glasses of Bradford Carpentar of Long Island as he looks up at the  building, which is under construction on the site of the destroyed original World Trade Center, on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. With its unfinished frame the building stands at a little more than 1,250 feet high. It is not expected to reach its full height for at least another year, when it will likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: One World Trade Center building, which is under construction on the site of the destroyed original World Trade Center, is seen on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. With its unfinished frame the building stands at a little more than 1,250 feet high. It is expected to reach its full height for at least another year, when it will likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.

JERSEY CITY, NJ - APRIL 30:  Construction continues on One World Trade Center (TOP) after workers moved a steel column into place to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 as seen from Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. One World Trade Center's height is now just beyond the 1,250 feet of the observation deck at the Empire State Building.

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